Ancient Roman will tabula expected to make $29,000



2016-02-15 15:38:12

An ancient Roman wooden tabula displaying the last will and testament of a man named Iulius Pompeianus will be sold at Timeline Auctions in London on February 25.

The lot dates to April 12, 340 AD and reads in part: “I, Iulius Pompeianus from the estate of Thurgens that are located in quintario, a testament I have written with sane (sound mind) and (clear) memory…

 “…if I in due course I will have returned to my death of nature, then you shall, Iulius Ianuarius and Iulius Iahin and my daughter Victorina, my dearest, be my heirs to my total assets.

“The others, men and women, are not heirs. This under the condition that should my daughter Iulia Victorina have died (before me), her brothers Iulius Ianuarius and Iulius Iahin shall have her share.

“The remaining, both men and women, all to be disinherited. All I through this my Testament would have given what I paid."

The tablet is one of a few such surviving testaments and offers a fascinating insight into the Roman legal system, which was among the most advanced in the world at the time.

It’s expected to make £15,000-20,000 ($21,642-28,856).

Other lots in the sale include a gold Greek Sarmatian necklace dating back to around the 1st century BC. It’s valued at £12,000-17,000 ($17,314-24,528).

The lot is believed to have been produced in or around the city of Olbia, as a similar necklace was also found there. 

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